New Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) Riding on the unbroken 236-run stand between unbeaten centurions Gautam Gambhir (191) and VVS Laxman (104), India reached a commanding 393 for three wickets at lunch on day two of the third cricket Test against Australia here today.

Resuming on the overnight score of 296 for three, both Gambhir and Laxman milked the Australian attack dry with consummate ease as India went on piling runs, blunting the Australian attack.

Gambhir’s unbeaten 362-ball knock included 25 boundaries and a six, while Laxman, playing his 99th Test, hit 10 fours during his 174-ball stay so far.

It was vintage Laxman this morning as the stylish right-hander tormented the Aussies again with some elegant pulls.

Brett Lee tried to jolt him with some rising deliveries but Laxman didn’t flinch, barring on one occasion when his edge flew through the slips for a four.

Laxman used soft hands for deft placements but the shot that stood out was his full-blooded pull off Mitchell Johnson which raced to the ropes.

A cover-driven boundary off Cameron White brought up his 13th Test century, his sixth against Australia. At the other end, Gambhir maintained his cool, helping himself to the occasional boundaries as well.

The left-hander enjoyed fortune of the brave as well when he was coaxed into a loose shot by White but Matthew Hayden, at the lone slip, could not get his hand to the ball.


Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand today retained the world chess championship crown after drawing with Russian challenger Vladimir Kramnik in the 11th game, capping a remarkable victory in a tension-filled match here.Playing white, Anand did not give any chance to a resurgent Kramnik who had got a bit of life after winning the 10th game of the match.

Anand finished the match with an overall score of 6.5-4.5 points, which means a handy two point lead for the Indian ace in the 12-game match.

Kramnik, who had got a whiff of life after winning the 10th game of the match, could not do an encore with the black pieces and turned out to be a graceful loser in the end.

Finally, after a lot of dillydallying and a number of hiccups, the film ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’ which has been directed by the ace film maker Gautham Menon is all set for release. The maker has announced that the film will be hitting the screens on November 14th as against the scheduled Diwali release. The music for the film has been composed by Harris Jayaraj and the film has hot star Suriya along with Sameera Reddy, Spandana and Simran. The film announced with a budget of 14 crores has drawn inspirations from the Hollywood movie ‘Forrest Gump’ starring Tom Hanks and has been made in a way to suit the Indian audience.

Brad Pitt won’t marry Angelina Jolie because he fears getting divorced again.

The “Burn After Reading” star – who split from former wife Jennifer Aniston in 2005, shortly before he began his relationship with the “Tomb Raider” star – was reportedly left traumatized by the breakdown of his marriage and is refusing to walk down the aisle a second time.

A source told Life and Style Weekly magazine: “Brad’s divorce from Jennifer was painful. It was hard on his parents and he considers it a major failure in his life.”

“His big excuse for not marrying Angelina is that he hates even the possibility of something like that happening again.”

Angelina recently revealed their six children have begun asking why they have not yet married.

She said: “Sooner or later it will be the kids who ask us to get married. You know, they see films and start asking questions. Such as, ‘Why are Shrek and his love Fiona married and you’re not?'”

Meanwhile, the couple have reportedly hired six nannies and several cars to help them cope with their large family while Brad is filming “Inglourious Bastards” in Germany.

Mya Walters, a public relations manager for car company Volkswagen, revealed: “We’ve provided them with more than 20 Volkswagens while they’re here in Berlin.”

During a recent trip to New Orleans, the couple – who raise three adopted children, a biological two-year-old daughter and three-month-old twins together – originally flew out with four nannies but had to jet in an extra two after reportedly struggling to manage their large brood.

Seval Movie Review

October 30, 2008

Starring: Bharath, Poonam Bajwa, Simran, Vadivelu

Direction: Hari

Music: G.V.Prakash

Production: Jinnah Creations
Hari returns for Deepavali after the success he had in 2007 with Vel. He has quite a task on hand to replicate his previous triumph and maintain the spotless track record. Normally, movies are referred to or identified by naming the star in them. Hari is one of the few directors who are a brand in themselves. His trademark rural action-sentiment cocktails have always been liked by the audience and being a festival release, Seval is expected to be along the same lines. Does Hari deliver?
Seval follows the life of a wayward village philandering youth. He roams around carelessly all day, gets drunk, involves in scuffles, cares naught about what happens at home – a typical spoilt young man (Bharath). No father (Rajesh) will be particularly proud about such a son and one can understand it when he just stops short of banishing him from the household after a very irresponsible act, which he considers as the last straw. Meanwhile, Poonam Bajwa and Bharath are involved in a very (stereo) typical boy meets girl kind of romance. It is a bit fleeting at first but gets stronger after Bharath rescues her from the clutches of the prying villain played by Sampath.

But this love story is nipped off in the bud when Poonam Bajwa is forced by fate, circumstances and a sister (Simran) to marry another person. Both Bharath and Poonam, realizing that what is happening is best for everyone, choose to bury their love. But the villain resurfaces and wreaks havoc in Poonam’s family and then it is revenge by Bharath that takes the story to its climax.
What strikes you most about this movie is that it is so unlike Hari. Neither action nor sentiments have prominence here and even when they occur you are not gripped by them, as in his previous films. The story has its moments and is not entirely predictable, especially when the heroine agrees to marry another person without a protest. But, all events meander along without ever getting us interested in the proceedings. It is as if Hari forgot to add the spices after getting his basics right. The movie is bland. The script does have some interesting inclusions, like the Simran track where she misunderstands Bharath’s overtures and imagines that he is trying to woo her and the mini-duet that follows. But this sequence too has not been pulled off convincingly. Action- well, that can never be bad in a Hari film, we think. But, here the rough and raw fights are not there, whatever is present makes for just passive viewing. The saving grace (for the umpteenth time in Kollywood) has to be Vadivelu’s comedy track. With absolutely nothing to do with the main plot, the scenes of the comedian regularly punctuate the narrative like snippets straight out of a TV comedy show. Some of them are really enjoyable while others are a test of our patience.

Performances – Well, in a movie that can be described as bland, the subject of performances is better left alone. Poonam Bajwa does not really fit the role, while Bharath goes through the motions. Others walk in and out of scenes, doing just what is required and one wonders why Simran chose this role as one of her comeback bids, it is not really worth her caliber.
Looking at Seval, one does not know whether Hari has tried to be different or is it the execution that went wrong. Clearly, this was made by a really ‘out of form’ Hari who generally delivers great results. At the box office, the lack of the regular Hari elements and the plain feel will make its life difficult.

Verdict – Bland fare

Jennifer Aniston has enjoyed a date with Gerard Butler – at the same venue she was seen dining with John Mayer days earlier.

The former “Friends” actress – who recently fueled rumors she had reconciled with the “Gravity” singer after they were seen together several times – dined at the Tower Bar with the “300″ actor, less than a week after she was seen “being intimate” at the Los Angeles venue with ex-boyfriend John.

A source revealed to the New York Post newspaper: “Jennifer and Gerard were very affectionate to each other.”

“There was another man at the table, but he looked like he was a chaperon – or just there to stop tongues wagging. They basically ignored him.”

Gerard, 38, recently denied he was dating the 39-year-old actress, saying: “This came from a seven-minute conversation that we had at the Toronto Film Festival at a big party. And the next minute it’s in all the papers.”

Fergie and Josh Duhamel are getting married in June 2009.

The couple – who have been engaged since last Christmas – have finally started planning their nuptials, and are reportedly thinking of a summer ceremony.

A source close to the pair said: “Fergie has just started interviewing wedding planners.”

“She’s also working with Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld on getting her fantasy gown.”

It has also been claimed that Fergie, 33, and 35-year-old Josh – who dated for three years before getting engaged – have refused to rush into any planning because they want every minor detail to be perfect.

The source added: “They are taking their time to get everything right. They only plan on getting married once.”

After announcing the engagement, Fergie said: “I have a big stack of wedding magazines, and I’ve never picked one up before in my life.”

“I’ve been touring for a long time, and I want to go home this summer and spend time with my family and get in the studio and just take some time to think about everything.”